16 February 2024

Wagga Council set to open annual community grants program

| Jarryd Rowley
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Dallas Tout and Peter Thompson

Wagga Wagga City Council General Manager Peter Thompson and Mayor Dallas Tout are looking forward to seeing different community events come to fruition with support from the 2024/25 annual grants program. Photo: Chris Roe.

Wagga Wagga City Council (WWCC) is set to open applications for its annual funding campaign to support individuals, community organisations, and local businesses with community events.

Applications for the 2024/25 program open on Monday 19 February, with $217,450 set to be distributed across 10 categories: Community Programs and Projects; Recreational and Community Facilities; Neighbourhood and Rural Villages; Rural Halls; Arts, Culture and Creative Industries; Local Heritage; Events; Environment; Youth Programs and Projects; and Small Business.

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Mayor of Wagga Wagga Councillor Dallas Tout said the annual grants program allowed the council to offer significant financial support to community-based initiatives.

“This program supports a diverse range of projects that directly benefit our community,” Cr Tout said.

“It’s one of many ways council can support our community at a grassroots level, whether you live in a city suburb, a village or in a rural area.”

Mr Tout said there had been a strong response to the funding program and as applications were submitted and funding was awarded, he would be excited to see the projects and events materialise.

“It is always encouraging to see a strong response to the program, and I look forward to seeing these projects come to fruition over the next year,” he said.

“The grants cover a wide range of projects and initiatives which reinforces how diverse, inclusive and progressive our region is, and is part of our commitment to helping foster a strong, inclusive and vibrant community.”

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WWCC Director of Community Janice Summerhayes said the program “continues to support a wide range of services and activities that contribute to meeting important needs and priorities in our community”.

“The program also fosters social networks and builds on existing strengths of the people of Wagga Wagga and surrounds. We will be holding a community consultation session on Thursday 14 March 2024,” Ms Summerhayes said.

“I encourage anyone interested to attend to learn more about the application process and discuss their project ideas and plans with the relevant grants officer for their category.”

Applications for the annual grants program close on Monday 6 May at 11:59 pm. To learn more, click here.

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